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NHL Game Summary - Washington at San Jose



(Saturday, January 7th)

Final Score: San Jose 5, Washington 2

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists, as the Sharks rolled to a 5-2 win over the Capitals on Saturday.

Jason Demers, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Torrey Mitchell also scored for the Sharks, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Antti Niemi made 28 saves in the win.

Dennis Wideman scored and assisted on Joel Ward's goal for the Capitals, who saw their four-game win streak come to an end. They have not won in San Jose since 1993. Tomas Vokoun stopped 34 shots in the setback.

"They're a tough team to play against for a goalie," Vokoun said of the Sharks. "They go to the net hard."

Demers put the Sharks on top five minutes into the second, knocking in a rebound amidst a scrum after a Jamie McGinn slapshot. Wideman made it 1-1 with a power play goal just 1:22 later, but landed in the penalty box for high- sticking towards the end of the second. Burns took advantage, driving home a slap shot from the blue line with nine seconds remaining.

Ward's first goal since November 5 tied the game 44 seconds into the third, but Marleau answered with a wrister past Vokoun just 16 seconds later.

This time the Sharks didn't relinquish the lead. At 8:51, Vlasic received a Ryane Clowe center-ice feed and peppered Vokoun with a pair of shots before driving home his own rebound for a 4-2 advantage, and Mitchell capped the scoring with an empty netter.

"You don't want to have those momentum swings like that, but that's how the game went and I think we managed it well," said Demers.

Game Notes

This was the first of two meetings between the teams...The Capitals have 11 losses and a tie in their last 12 visits to San Jose...The Sharks are 14-7-2 at home this season...Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik skated in his 1,346th career game. He is now tied with Mats Sundin for 44th in NHL history in games played.

01/08 02:26:02 ET


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